Having spent numerous weeks sitting anonymously on the DMC buzz chart, North American breakout 3LAU debuts on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings imprint alongside Canadian label favorites Paris & Simo for a definitive installment of vocal dance music. Last found sporting a topline for Hardwell & Dyro’s “Never Say Goodbye,” Heather Bright is once again the icing on the cake for this summer primed anthem of universal quality. Where the American/Canadian entourage brings radio-friendly songwriting to the table, the energy that has fueled Revealed’s digital legacy is not wasted upon “Escape.” Between these four young talents, electronic dance music’s foreseeable future looks in safe hands.
Having already unveiled “Brainfire” and their forthcoming single “Chaa” earlier this month , Canada’s Paris & Simo look to further the excitement surrounding their studio output with debut Flamingo Recordings single “Tundra” alongside Italian duo Merk & Kremont. As premiered by Danny Howard on BBC Radio One, “Tundra” echoes the perky peak time hallmarks that shave already put the Canadian newcomers on the map as surefire breakouts for 2013. With the addition of another promising European outfit to the equation, this riff-driven electro offering is sure to set in motion yet more positive momentum for this global entourage of talent. Grab “Tundra” on July 1 on Beatport.Posted by
Up-and-coming duos, Ansol and Paris & Simo join forces for their latest barnburner, “Brainfire.” After successful outings from both camps it was only a matter of time before the four met in the studio, working together to create a chirpy big room banger worthy of the Ministry of Sound stamp of approval. Opening with some hefty reverb, “Brainfire” does the exact opposite of brainfreeze, igniting your senses with a massive synth lead and grizzly drop. Listen to the preview below, the full version will be available on May 17th.Posted by
It’s tough being a Canadian sometimes. While bustling with fresh talent, our producers are frequently mistaken for our neighbours to the south. Of course, we are often too polite to cause a scene but it’s due time that we shine a light on our accomplished artists and let the world know we hamper more musical scope than just the Biebs. Canada has a vast EDM scene comparable, if not better, to metropolitans in the US, and we are mighty proud of it.
As opposed to beach or desert festivals, we have outdoor blizzard raves fit with ice sculptures and snow huts, like Igloofest in Montreal and Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival in Toronto. Frankly, if you’re not putting on neon snowpants and toques to go rave in the snow, you’re doing it wrong. We also enjoy getting lost in dense Canadian forests at Shambhala and celebrating our Nation’s birthday at Escapade. Our clubs like Flames Central in Calgary are named after hockey teams, and we are home to the one and only EDMonton. The Guvernment Toronto is constantly hailed by DJs for having the best crowds, while Celebrities Vancouver is in one of the best cities in the world. We grew up on MuchDance compilation albums and Rick Campanelli interviews. Last but not least, we have developed a fair amount of respected producers, the frontrunners listed below.
Launched by a barrage of frenetic drum rolls, Charlie Darker and Paris & Simo‘s collaboration “Cairo” blends Darker’s electrotouch with Paris & Simo‘s talent for creating big room chord progressions into finely-tuned prime time productions. The piano work here is nothing short of epic, laying out the red carpet for an incredibly satisfying drop that is framed by swirling synths and tumultuous grit. Pulsing sirens and crisp percussion devolve into a breakdown destined for frenzied festival tents all summer long.
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Well, folks, Dancing Astronaut has come a long way and we have you to thank. In celebration of reaching 40,000 Facebook fans, we’ve compiled a massive bootleg pack featuring exclusives from some of our favorite artists – all free, all yours. With the introduction of Space Food Vol. 1, we aimed to provide a healthy zero gravity diet agreeable to any cosmonaut’s palate. From the impeccable progressive fusions of 3LAU, Ken Loi, and Sultan & Ned Shepard to boisterous electro blends from Paris & Simo and Dannic, there’s no shortage of sustenance. GTA, Morten Breum, Vicetone, and Viceroy also toss their hats in the ring for a genuinely diverse selection of mashups, bootlegs, and remixes. Go on, squelch your appetite, and download the entire compilation for free. Thanks for the continued support and sharing our love for dance music! Download and tracklist after the break.
For their follow-up to this summer’s immensely popular “Nova,” Montreal’s Paris & Simo are back this week with “Avon.” In our preview we mentioned that “avon” is “nova” spelled backwards, but what we didn’t say is that “Avon” brings progressive house back to basics as well. The duo took a straightforward approach to the pure instrumental track, keeping tones clean, production tight and builds solid. With a big room feel and a dance beat that can carry from club to stadium to festival grounds, “Avon” sets Paris & Simo’s bar high for originals in 2013.
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Paris & Simo began creating serious waves after the release of “Nova” approximately 6 months ago. This time around they showcase their hard hitting progressive style with a teaser of their newest offering, “Avon.” If you haven’t noticed by now, “Avon” is “Nova” spelled backwards and happens to be the sequel to their first major release. “Avon” might not have the signature drop that “Nova” had but nevertheless, the breakdown is the textbook big room sound that all club-goers have come to love. These young Canadians boast an endless amount of talent, which has been displayed on our hour-long Axis podcast. Look for “Avon” to drop on Beatport on the 4th of February via Sultan & Ned Shepard’s Harem imprint.
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Just over a month after giving away their remix of Usher’s “Numb”, Paris & Simo return to take on Fenech Soler’s “All I Know,” the electronic rock band’s newest single in over two years. This marks the first time the Canadian duo have branched out to indie, perhaps taking a page from their idol Tiesto. The result is a massive rework of infectious synths, which take the already great vocal to another level. In a day and age where producers often over look the remix, Paris & Simo continue to exude quality.Posted by
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!